Did Google Turn a Blind Eye to Data Harvesting?

Google Inc.’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) widespread data harvesting was no accident but instead a program of which supervisors were well aware, according to a new regulatory report and reports from David Streitfield of The New York Times.

The company had previously blamed the gleaning of personal data including passwords, emails, and web searches from an untold number of households on a simple error, or the work of a rogue engineer. This new report paints a very different picture in which Google expressed little concern for user privacy and engineers could easily access personal data outside of their regular work duties.